The Jazz Epistles were the very first South African jazz group who broke away from the swinging and danceable jazz forms in vogue during the 1950s.
A group formed by strong personalities like pianist Dollar Brand, later known as Abdulah Hibrahim, trumpeter Hugh Masekela, saxophonist Kippi Moeketzi, trombonist Jonas Gwangwa, bassist Johnny Getze and drummer Makaya Ntschoko.
A bunch of jazz modernists who already in the late 1950s, under the influence of the American "Bop" attitude began to switch on a more complex and hip music style. In 1959 just before breaking up The Jazz Epistles released their first and only album, a great piece of work which stands as the first album released by a black South-African band. A cultural manifesto as part of the anti-apartheid struggle of the time.
Dollar's Moods 5:27
Blues For Hughie 5:55
Uku-Jonga Phambili 3:45
I Remember Billy 6:00
Carol's Drive 5:10
Scullery Department 7:00
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